Updated: April 10, 2021
Welcome to my “New and Special” page.
A page where I present to you New Acquisitions and particularly Remarkable Pieces
And they come from all over the planet.
Some are the results of trades with the Museum of Rio de Janeiro, with Arizona State University,
with Russian colleagues, or simply from Private Collectors!.
|Some Exceptional Pieces were in my room in Tucson, but some are still available:|
A huge slice of Pena Blanca I just acquired, a big chunk of Bouvante, a slice of Nakhla,…..
And just a few Murchison pieces left. Just ask.
Probably the most studied of all carbonaceous meteorites was found to contain some amino-acids, no collection is complete without it, but it is getting scarce. Fell in Australia on September 28, 1969. Only 8 pieces left!! Crusted Fragments and part slices.From 4.9 to 21.2g. Great provenance. Please ask.
to $600 a gram
Chondrite. Currently being classified Fell on November 20, 2016, in the hills of central Bolivia. Almost whole mass, with nice roll-over lip but broken back. 67.9g
A big fat chunk with a crust of a rarely seen Eucrite that was found probably shortly after the fall in the French Alps. Someone could easily cut a lot of slices out of this piece. 72.50g
|AB1854||Pena Blanca Spring:
The famous Aubrite that fell in a water hole on a ranch in southern Texas, and was promptly fished out by the ranch-hands eating lunch near-by. Large part slice with crust and a very short list of owners: Robert Haag, Jim Schwade, Blaine Reed, me.103g.
|AB1467||Cat Mountain, Famous L5 Impact melt famous just outside Tucson Arizona in 1980. Part slice off the original find. 9.1g||$995.00|
Very unusual meteorite, a Metachondrite CR6, with lots of metal. This thick part-slice was cut from the mass in Alain Carion’s collection, a mass has survived the carjacking and fire. One side is still clearly burned. 91.41g
|AC084||Ivory Coast Tektite: Those are truly extremely rare as less than 100 had been previously known. Alain Carion was very lucky. Please go to “http://www.meteorite-times.com/tektite-month/ivory-coast-tektites” to read about this amazing discovery. Only 4 left. This is the end||
|AB1814||Nakhla: The most famous and historic of the Martians. Fell in Egypt on June 28, 1911. And the namesake of the Nakhlite. Large (for a Nakhla!) slice, 0.46g. (2 practically identical slices available)||SOLD
TRADE with the Museum of Rio de Janeiro:
I had the pleasure of a return visit by Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Zucolotto, Curator of the Meteorite Collection of the Museum of Natural History in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She had brought with her just a few pieces and we managed to do another trade (I still do not speak Portuguese).
All those pieces were prepared and in some cases repaired in Brazil.
|Sao Joao Nepomuceno: |
The very first mass of Sao Joao Nepomuceno was found before 1960 in Minas Gerais, an area of Brazil that has produced many meteorites. Later a local farmer was intrigued when a stone would not break under the wheels of his cart like all the other rocks, eventually, he stopped and picked the rock, it was no stone it was iron and he quickly realized that it was just like that other iron that had been found just a few miles away. He kept it for himself but eventually, the mayor of the village asked him to show it to a visiting engineer, who confirmed that it was a piece of the Sao Joao Nepomuceno meteorite, a third fragment was eventually found near-by, bringing the total weight to about 16kg. Most of it is now in the Museum of Natural History in Rio de Janeiro. It was been studied extensively and found to be similar to only one other meteorite, Steinbach, found in Germany in 1724; both are IVA-anomalous, iron meteorites very rich in pyroxene-tridymite inclusions.
|AB1478||Sao JN: Large polished, etched slice, about 50 x 45 x 2 mm. Some translucent crystals.||29.92 g||$2950.00|
|EZ008||Sao JN: Great part slice, polished/etched, about 24 x 21 x 2mm, few translucent crystals.||3.89 g||SOLD|
|EZ004||Sao JN: Great part slice, polished/etched, small, about 15 x 10mm, but very typical||1.25 g||SOLD|
|EZ015||Sao JN: Great part slice, polished/etched, about 32 x 26mm, lots of silicates.||8.58 g||$850.00|
|A few more sizes available, please ask.|
And a few other Brazilian
meteorites you don’t see very often, and some that might surprise you:
Santa Catharina pieces without rust or shale, for instance!
|AB1492||Para de Minas: Part slice, polished/etched, beautiful fine pattern. About 46 x 33 x 2mm||Fine Octah.||13.54 g||$800.00|
|AB1498||Itutinga: Found in 1960 in Minas Gerais, TWK: 47.5kg, great pattern, 80 x 68 x 4mm||Med. Octah.||141.02 g||$3975.00|
|AB1499||Santa Luzia: Found in several masses in 1921, TKW: 1918kg, end cut, 65 x 35 x 6mm||Coarsest Oct.||78.62 g||$2950.00|
|ASU “left-over” Irons: |
When I was at Arizona State University in October 2011, I spotted a bunch of small containers with pieces of iron meteorites in them, so I asked and was told that every now and then a chunk is cut off a large mass for the lab work, then some is used in the lab, and some is left-overs, and Yes, those were all “left-overs”! But what left-overs!!! What names!!! Ashfork, Gressk, Monahans, Silver Bell, Weaver Mountain……Total: over 20 ultra-rare irons. And what provenance! most of them came from the Nininger Collection, bought by ASU in 1960. Yes, all of them are small, or tiny pieces, but that makes them affordable!. Some are now gone, but there are still quite a few available. Please take a look at the list below.
Some very rare ones are still available.
on the name to see the picture. The weight and price of each piece is in the picture
|Ashfork||Mass of 27 Kg found in north-central Arizona in 1901. Studied by Buchwald and Wasson who called it a transported Canyon Diablo, but it is unshocked so it was found in the plain around the crater. Cut from ASU specimen #717, but only 218g in ASU collection.||Coarse Octah. IAB||2 pieces available|
|Bella Roca||Mass of 33kg found before 1888 in Sierra de San Francisco, near Santiago Papasquiero, Mexico. Acquired by H.A. Ward who cut it and then sold part of it to Nininger. From Nininger Collection, cut from ASU specimen #266.||Medium Octah. IIIAB||3 pieces available|
|Ogallala||Mass of 3.3kg plowed up in 1918 in Western Nebraska, recognized and acquired in 1930 by Nininger who described it in his Catalogue as well preserved, with some fusion crust but with clear signs of having been re-heated. Cut from ASU specimen #90.1.||Coarse Octah. IAB||2 pieces available|
|Spearman||Mass of 10.4kg found near Spearman, Texas in 1934, according to Nininger who acquired it and distributed the slices. V. Buchwald classified it as a shock-hardened medium Octahedrite, transitional between classes IIIA and IIIB. Cut from ASU specimen #230.3||Medium Octah. IIIAB||1 pieces available|